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Check out these opinion pieces, covering local and international scientific issues and topics, aiming to facilitate discussion and debate about science in Western Australia.
By Michael Hopkin, Editor at The Conversation
Want a single word to sum up environmental affairs in 2014? Letâ€™s go with â€śheatedâ€ť. The year began with the realisation that 2013 was Australiaâ€™s hottest ever (and yes, itâ€™s because of us), and ended with the knowledge that the world has probably just lived through the hottest ever measured globally.
By Peter Grace, Professor of Global Change at Queensland University of Technology and Louise Barton, Research Associate Professor, School of Earth and Environment at University of Western Australia
When we talk about greenhouse gases we usually talk about carbon dioxide. When media reports depict climate change, we invariably see the cooling towers of a coal power station.
By Amanda Lambros, Lecturer of Evidence Informed Health Practice, Relationships & Grief & Loss Counsellor at Curtin University
Health and social workers often choose their profession because they want to help people. But seeing trauma and suffering on a regular basis can have a deep impact on these workers.
By Jonathan Foster, Curtin Senior Fellow, Professor and Clinical Neuropsychologist at Curtin University
As their children submit themselves to the ordeal of all-important end-of-year exams, parents of high school and university students may be wondering what they can do to help. One thing they ought to consider in particular is diet and its potential impact on academic outcomes.
By Ori Gudes, research fellow at Curtin University and Sanjoti Parekh, research fellow at Griffith University
Refugees settling in Australia constantly face new challenges. They have to re-adjust to new income levels, cultural practices and language. They also face a new food environment, where many traditional foods arenâ€™t available and Western foods and preparation styles seem strange or unfamiliar.
By Jessica Meeuwig, Professor and Director, Centre for Marine Futures at University of Western Australia
Top scientists, senior government managers, industry representatives, conservationists and even some nationsâ€™ presidents are currently in Sydney for the World Parks Congress. This major international meeting happens only once a decade, and provides a critical opportunity to share the latest scientific knowledge and management of protected areas, both land-based and marine. It is also a time for assessing progress and reviewing targets that drive the worldâ€™s conservation reserves.